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Hanna - Barbera Production Flintstones - Winston Compilation

Published 1960

Television commercials for Winston cigarettes ("Winston Tastes Good Like a Cigarette Should") with characters from the Flintstones and sponsorship of television program.

Audio/Visual sound, color


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Reviewer: Vance Capley - - August 30, 2011
Subject: Yabba Dabba Do you smoke Winston?
Fire'em up kiddos!
Reviewer: batatari - - May 22, 2011
Subject: Rotten bastards
This was innocent in its time; Thats what the winston people want us to think. But they were going after the youth market.
Reviewer: pkkms - - October 3, 2010
Subject: Spare A Square
Hey Barn.....butt me...
Reviewer: John D. - - November 13, 2009
Subject: heavy
I wish everybody could see this. It is so stupid. They prob knew that cigs cause cancer but marketed anyway. I smoke and I still dont like the commercials. Notice how they're smiling and sh--.
I am 51 and never saw this stuff on tv as far as I can remember. I remember the regular show. I lost a couple close relatives to cancer from smoking.
But we are no better and no smarter today. Now they push alcohol, and the commercials are even more craven and pandering, written it seems for the most stupid, base instincts. To trigger the glands or something.
But pot is still illegal and it is a big deal to legalize it. But its ok to push alcohol on tv... what a hypocritical society.
I drink and smoke, but HATE the commercials.
Reviewer: AJRowe - - September 5, 2009
Subject: Confirms something I was told
My dad who was born in 1946 and I were talking about people who smoke. He tried to tell me how the commercials for it were but I didn't believe him. No wonder so many people from his generation and a little before smoke. Very, very sad. I showed my dad this one and he just said "I told you so" and told me how back in the '60s there were sample packs of cigarettes and that they were sold and really aimed at kids. I can understand better now why my dad started smoking as well as my grandma and grandpa and can now empathize a little more.
Reviewer: cathyftr - - January 7, 2009
Subject: Why the Flintstones never was a "big" hit.
Until the mid 70's, ABC wasn't as big as a network as it is . In many cities, while CBS and NBC had the "good stations", ABC was either on UHF ( few bothered back then ) or in some places, they didn't have ABC at all. Had ABC back then been on the same level as CBS and NBC, a lot of their shows such as The Flintstones and The Brady Bunch, chances are would have been in the top 20 or so in the ratings.

Yeah, I agree with the other post, today cigarette ads..what is the big deal? Then again cigarettes still advertise on TV and radio today..though in the US, its "indirectly". If a radio dj says on the air " would I love to light up a Camel right now" ( I heard this just last week on classic rock WQCM-FM, Hagerstown, MD ) or if popular movie actors such as Seth Rogen, Jennifer Aniston and her current BF..singer John Mayer are seen puffing away on their Marlboro Lights while the are being interviewed on TV such as on E!..well thats still advertising and I bet Marlboro just loves it.
Reviewer: Robin_1990 - - April 13, 2008
Subject: Yeah
"The Flintstones" aired during Prime-Time on the ABC TV Network. During the six seasons it was on the air, It NEVER hit the top ten, or even the top 20! (Back in the 50's, 60's and 70's many TV shows which never hit the top 20 ran for quite a few years. Another example is "The Brady Bunch", a minor-hit only making the top 30 during one season but ran for 5 seasons).

"The Flintstones" was HB's first TV show aimed at adults. When HB found out that kids loved it too, They changed sponsors. Do remember that 60's sitcoms in general tended to be light-hearted so even shows aimed at adults tended to be squeaky clean, although critically-acclaimed garbage like "Laugh-In" changed this. Later, in the 70's, Critically acclaimed garbage like "All In The Family" made sure that people couldn't watch TV without seeing political opinions pushed in their face. These days, with shows like "The Daily Show" mocking Christians and "The Chaser's War On Everything" mocking people who died tragic deaths, Cigarette commercials don't seem so bad anymore. and I don't smoke!

These commercials are nice, and fun. The animation is typical Hanna-Barbera and is quite good. I would give this 5/5 but everytime this is uploaded people always forget to mention that "The Flintstones" was aimed at adults.

Yes, This review tells you nothing about the commercials, But neither do 70% of the reviews in the Prelinger section. At least this review gives context.
Reviewer: jonc - - April 13, 2008
Subject: Who'd believe it
Who'd believe it now? Keep in mind, "The Flintstones" was a prime-time show at the time and aimed at adults as well as kids, but this is good fodder for the anti-smoking nazis. If cigarette advertising hadn't been banned on TV, who knows? Flinstones brand cigarettes? Yubba dubba doo!